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Making America Mobile Again

F.H. Buckley Talks Social Mobility with Brian Lehrer
May 03, 2016

On WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show, F.H. Buckley argued that America has become an “aristocracy” with fixed classes, why income inequality should matter to conservatives, and how America can solve its social mobility crisis through capitalist means.

Buckley urged Americans to look to more socially mobile first-world nations where the Lincolnian ideal that “We Can All Get Ahead” is alive–including our Canadian neighbors, where those born to the poorest parents are more likely than those in America to go on and have higher incomes as adults.

Buckley and Lehrer discuss school choice, immigration policy, and political corruption as a few areas where America can look outside its borders for better models. 

Listen to the full interview below and learn more in The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America:



Men pulling racks of clothing on busy sidewalk in Garment District, New York City, 1955 ( World Telegram & Sun photo by Al Ravenna)
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The Way Back Restoring the Promise of America

The promise of America is that, with ambition and hard work, anyone can rise to the top. But now the promise has been broken, and we’ve become an aristocracy where rich parents raise rich kids and poor parents raise poor kids.

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